Is Fox News Raising Money For Tea Party Movement?

Executives seem to have decided the ratings are better if they drop the pretense of objectivity.

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By Bonnie Erbe, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Remember when the Fox News Channel used to advertise itself as "Fair and Balanced"? I guess Fox executives have decided the ratings are better if they drop the pretense of objectivity. According to the New York Times, the network was either helping to fundraise or setting up fund-raising apparatuses for the uber-conservative Tea Party at anti-tax rallies across the country on tax day:

Fox News sent two of its biggest stars, Neil Cavuto and Sean Hannity, to be the hosts of hourlong programs from some of the rallies. Mr. Cavuto was in Atlanta, and Mr. Hannity was in Cincinnati. Seats beside Mr. Hannity’s stage were sold for $20 to $100, with the money going to the Cincinnati Tea Party.

In a related and equally entertaining development, President Obama stopped in Florida this week to raise money for the Democratic Party. According to ABC News, he suggested tea party supporters owe him a debt of gratitude:

Speaking at a Democratic fundraiser tonight, President Obama touted his administration’s tax cuts and said that the recent tea party rallies across the nation have “amused” him. “You would think they should be saying thank you,” the president said to applause. Members of the audience shouted, “Thank you.”

At least President Obama meant to be funny.

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